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Mimicry is when a plant or animal resembles another organism or inanimate object, either to gain other advantage or to stay alive.
These plants or animals use a strategy known as mimicry, that involves disguising themselves as something else, and reaping rewards. Some might appear to be more threatening than they really are, and some might appear to be just something other than what they really are.Looking more closely at a few of the many forms can give us a clear insight into the fascinating process of mimicry.
Some interesting examples of mimicry include,
The mimic octopus.
This octopus can take the shape and color of many objects in ita's surroundings.
The kingsnake has stripes on its body that makes it look like the highly dangerous coral snake.
The pygmy owl has coloration on the back of its head that makes it look the same on the back of its head as the front of its head.

The fork-tailed Drongo is a bird with an interesting ability. It can mimic the alarm signal of several animals. It sounds the fake alarm, and then flies down and steals food from the animals that are scared off.

Mimicry which is a type of camouflage, is just one of many different techniques plants and animals use to help them stay alive and reproduce.

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